Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved Local Parks Grants for the City of Alton's Josefa Garcia Park Renewal and the City of Mission's Tennis/Birdwell Park in the amount of $500,000 each.
The City of Alton's grant will be used to expand Josefa Garcia Park from 5 to almost 30 acres and make improvements such as a splash pad, soccer fields, exercise stations, and hike and bike trails.
The City of Mission will use their grant to construct a new tennis center in Birdwell Park that will benefit both Mission and Sharyland school districts. The tennis center will allow Mission to host statewide college and US Tennis Association tournaments. The park will also receive upgrades such as a widened walking trail and an outdoor fitness area for handicapped individuals.
As Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee and the lead budget author for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's budget during the past two sessions, Senator Hinojosa worked to secure over $60 million in state funding for Local Parks Grants.
Senator Hinojosa issued the following statement:
"In working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, I am pleased that they have approved grants for park improvements in Alton and Mission. These funds will help these growing cities meet the recreational needs of their communities and improve the quality of life for their citizens.
Parks are a vital part of creating a livable community. They provide a number of benefits, such as offering a gathering place for families and friends of all ages and economic status, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and enhancing area property values. I applaud Alton and Mission officials for their efforts in not only improving these parks, but in also improving their communities."
Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa proudly represents the counties of Nueces, Jim Wells, Brooks, and Hidalgo (part). Senator Hinojosa served as the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate in the 84th Texas Legislature. Senator Hinojosa currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, and serves on the Senate Committees on Natural Resources & Economic Development, Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs and Transportation.